Wrather Thoughts

A daily journal of the thoughts, ideas, and life of Ed Wrather who is a pastor and writer of the Burning Bush Devotional www.theburningbush.net wrather@dobsonteleco.com

Sunday, May 27, 2007

My Father Has Passed Away

Services for my father will be at 2:00pm Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at the Martin's Funeral Chapel in Elk City, Oklahoma. Here is his obituary:

Wayne Eugene Wrather passed away Thursday, May 24, 2007 at the Hensley Nursing Home in Sayre, Oklahoma. Wayne was born at Chillicothe, Texas, November 17, 1922 to James (Jim) Wesley Wrather and Willie May (Siniard) Wrather. The family moved to western Oklahoma south of Canute in about 1927. Wayne graduated from Canute High School in 1942 and married Bonita Faye Taliaferro on May 14, 1943.

When Bonita’s parents retired and moved to Elk City, Wayne and Bonita moved to their farm south of Canute in about 1952 and lived there until they entered the nursing home. Wayne farmed all of his life but had several other careers along the way. He was proud of being a truck driver and worked for Howard’s Propane for several years. He drove all kinds of trucks - propane trucks, gravel trucks; trucks carrying farm equipment and cotton to the compress. He worked some as a roofer and worked for several years in maintenance at the Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base. His last career was working 14-years as a parts man for Schreck Farm Supply at Canute and it was a job that he greatly enjoyed. Wayne was a member of the Canute Methodist Church.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Bonita of Hensley's Nursing Home in Sayre, Oklahoma; one brother, Jesse and Dorothy Wrather of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; one step-sister, Ella Mae Thompson of Blanchard, Oklahoma; a son, Ed and Jeanie Wrather of Sweetwater, Oklahoma; and, a daughter, Reta and Bob Wagner of Bermuda; also by Bob and Jan Allen of Cawker City, Kansas a cousin who lived with the family while he attended high school at Canute and has been very much a son to Wayne and Bonita. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Ruth Ward of Owasso, Oklahoma; Robert and Janet Wagner of Sachse, Texas; Ronald and Nikki Wagner of Valencia, California; Clark and Libby Wrather of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; Nick Wrather of Sweetwater, Oklahoma; and by ten great grandchildren (Cooper, Colton, and Conner Ward; Ashton and Criston Wagner; Ryan and Miranda Wagner; Madison, Mason, and Max Wrather) and a host of other relatives and friends.